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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (FMP 0590) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/fmp0590.html . "Early Tapes" form the Rosetta Stone of pianist Irene Schweizer's music. This early trio - featuring Guru Guru's monster drummer Mani Neumeier - offers clear glimpses of her formative influences as well as her own individualistic approach to the keyboard. Echoes of Dollar Brand, Cecil Taylor, and Paul Bley can be heard, but in a context that's all Schweizer.
"Schweizer’s Early Tapes clearly reveals her roots in such players as Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley and Dollar Brand. She has forged a muscular, diverse, creative and technically excellent style that is truly her own." - Milo Fine, Sweet Potato
"Early Tapes unveils the semi-free music of her 1967 trio with bassist Uli Trepte and drummer Mani Neumeier. The first track, “Dollar’s Mood”, makes clear her indebtedness to Mr. Ibrahim." - Free Jazz and Free Improvisation
released October 31, 1978
Irène Schweizer: piano
Uli Trepte: double bass
Mani Neumeier: drums
Recorded by Willi Schmidt on January 26th, 1967, in Munich.
Produced by Hans Wewerka.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Album produced by Jost Gebers.
Cover design by Manfred Kussatz.
Photographs: front by Jost Gebers, back by Bruno and Eric Bührer.